Prophecy and Power: Astrology in Early Modern England

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This book is a vivid and scholarly rediscovery of the history of astrology in modern England. It seeks to overturn the accepted view that astrology was a marginal pursuit which died out after out after the mid–seventeenth century. In reality astrology was a vital part of English cultural life, surviving in various forms and despite powerful opposition well into the nineteenth century.

Drawing on a wide range of unpublished primary sources, the author examines the heyday of astrology, its practitioners, clients and critics and the power struggles which characterised its development in the mid–seventeenth century. He analyses the decline of astrology in early modern England, and the attempts to marginalize astrological practice, while among the elite astrology was absorbed into the development of Newtonian natural philosophy. This accessible work provides a picture of a complex and important age, whose values and attitudes have helped to shape modern society. Informed by an awareness of contemporary debates in history and social theory, this book will appeal to social historians and to students and researchers in the history and philosophy of science and the history of ideas, as well as the general reader interested in astrology.

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This book is a rediscovery of the history of astrology in early modern England. It seeks to overturn the accepted view that astrology was a marginal pursuit which died out after the mid-17th century. In reality astrology was a vital part of English cultural life, surviving in various forms and despite powerful opposition well into the 19th century. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished primary sources, the author examines the heyday of astrology, its practitioners, clients and critics and the power struggles which characterized its development in the mid-17th century. He analyzes the decline of astrology in early modern England, and the attempts to marginalize astrological practice, while among the elite astrology was absorbed into the development of Newtonian natural philosophy. This accessible work provides a picture of a complex and important age, whose values and attitudes have helped to shape modern society.

Informed by an awareness of contemporary debates in history and social theory, this book will appeal to social historians and to students and researchers in the history and philosophy of science and the history of ideas, as well as the general reader interested in astrology.

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